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Creative teachers can win big

TEACHERS can win cash for using modern information and communications technologies in the second annual Prize of Slovak Telekom competition. Slovakia's dominant fixed-line operator Slovak Telekom (ST) announced in early May and teachers have until September 30 to submit their projects electronically.

The winner of last year's competition.
photo: Courtesy of Slovak Telekom

TEACHERS can win cash for using modern information and communications technologies in the second annual Prize of Slovak Telekom competition. Slovakia's dominant fixed-line operator Slovak Telekom (ST) announced in early May and teachers have until September 30 to submit their projects electronically. The competition is being held under the auspices of the Education Ministry.

The 186 projects submitted during the first year now are part of a virtual library for teachers and the general public and are available at www.cenast.sk.

"Enthusiastic and innovative teachers, who want to share their experiences and well-tested teaching methods have been helping reform school curriculum in all grades," said ST director for corporate communication Ján Kondáš. "We want to reward those who are not afraid to share their know-how and who are pioneers of modern Slovak education."

The higher financial rewards being offered this year should inspire teachers to submit their projects. The authors of the best projects in all three categories - primary school, secondary school and special school - will receive a grand prize of Sk40,000 (€1,170). Second place winners will get Sk25,000 (€730) and teachers who rank third will get Sk15,000 (€440). The panel of judges can also grant honorary acknowledgements with a financial reward of Sk5,000 (€150).

"A project can be up to 30 pages long and the file size is limited to 3 megabytes," said the head of the judging panel, professor Ján Pišút from the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Information Sciences at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Applicants can chose any topic but projects pertaining to the methodology of teaching subjects on information technologies will not be considered.

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